University of Iowa’s Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI) is excited to announce a new addition to its senior leadership team. Andre Perry will join the division on September 22, 2021, as the director of arts, engagement, and inclusion and senior advisor.
In this new position, Perry will increase the university’s DEI engagement efforts by leveraging the transformative power of arts and culture to grow a unified campus climate. He will steward programs, necessary conversations, and policy improvements to develop short- and long-term strategies while providing administrative oversight on campus climate surveys. He will also assist the division in building platforms for candid campus stories to shape positive learning and working environments for the institution.
“We are very excited to have Andre join our team to help shape the culture of our campus,” said Dr. Liz Tovar. “This position is unique and in Andre, we have the person who can immediately build our engagement strategy through his deep university and community relationships.”
Perry comes to the university from The Englert Theatre, where he served as its executive director for the last 11 years. Deeply involved in the Iowa City community, Perry serves on numerous boards and lead multiple community projects building vibrant arts culture. An MFA graduate of the University of Iowa’s esteemed Nonfiction Writing Program, Perry continues to remain connected to Iowa students as a visiting adjunct assistant professor.
“I am so excited to be a member of the division,” stated Perry. “The depth of talent, experience and diverse perspectives on this team is off-the-charts. I am also grateful for Dr. Tovar’s vision in understanding the importance arts and culture have for our institution’s DEI efforts.”